Established in 1869, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is part of the Southern Illinois University System. SIUC is located in Carbondale in Southern Illinois and features a beautiful campus and state-of-the-art facilities. The university offers degrees in numerous disciplines and boasts both a medical school and a law school. There are numerous Greek organizations and other social and academic clubs in which to participate and local small communities offers a wide array of seasonal and annual recreational activities as well. Should the student seek the advantages of a big city, they are less than a tank of gas away.